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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Events:

Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004

Gold: AUS Ian Thorpe
Silver: AUS Grant Hackett
Bronze: USA Klete Keller

Summary

In 2000 [Ian Thorpe] was generally accepted as the world's leading male swimmer. Four years later many thought that crown has passed to [Michael Phelps] but in one event, the 400 metres freestyle, Thorpe remained dominant. As such it was a source of astonishment that he false started at the Australian trials and apparently lost his chance of retaining his Olympic title.Thorpe was restored to the Australian team when [Craig Stevens] gave up his place to concentrate on his more favoured 1500 m freestyle. Stevens' decision became a major media story in Australia and a bidding war between various media outlets for an exclusive interview ensured he made a tidy profit from his decision.

Thorpe’s eventual victory was far less clear cut than had been expected and he was pressured right up to the end by compatriot [Grant Hackett] with America's [Klete Keller], the halfway leader, a close third behind the two Australians.

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